The U.S. Coastal Research Program Trifecta

An intro to the USCRP leadership!

On The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank interviews the three co-executive directors of the US Coastal Research Program (USCRP): Julie Rosati with US Army Corps of Engineers, Hilary Stockdon with US Geological Survey, and Nicole Elko with American Shore & Beach Preservation Association. The USCRP is a multi-agency, academic and stakeholder partnership created to leverage and expand collaboration across coastal research sectors and ensure future research plans address stakeholder needs. On the podcast, you’ll hear why 11 federal agencies (from NOAA to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) are participating, how collaboration on a multi-faceted coastal experiment is utilizing Hurricane Dorian to improve coastal storm modeling and much more, and how academics have received $6.3 million in federal grants through the USCRP and what might be funded next...  This podcast may not dive into the weeds on policy, but it explains how the federal government is driving coastal science that will lead to better coastal policy and management.

Derek Brockbank

As Executive Director of ASBPA, Derek Brockbank is responsible for the growth, strategic planning, and government affairs goals of the nation’s leading organization advocating for beach and coastal restoration. With a background in climate and coastal conservation and experience as a grassroots organizer, Derek is getting ASBPA to lead coastal communities and coastal decision-makers in the tough but necessary conversations about how they will address sea level rise, increasing storm intensity, and other climate impacts. Prior to starting with ASBPA, Derek worked as campaign director for a coalition effort to restore the Mississippi River Delta and Coastal Louisiana, and was part of a gulf-wide campaign to pass the RESTORE Act, securing billions of dollars for Gulf Coast restoration. This followed up on his work with National Wildlife Federation on climate adaption. Derek started his career as a grassroots organizer. He attended the University of Chicago, getting a degree in political science and environmental studies, while frequently running along Lake Michigan in weather more suited to skiing. Derek grew up in New York City and got his coastal education from an early age playing on the beaches of Long Island, and kayaking and fishing in Peconic Bay.